By Karen Xu
Dozens of individuals gathered in Leesburg Saturday afternoon for the annual stroll to deliver consciousness to obsessive compulsive dysfunction and psychological well being.
Regardless of the rain, spirits have been excessive as individuals, clad in inexperienced for psychological well being consciousness, walked into downtown Leesburg with indicators and handed out flyers about psychological well being earlier than reconvening on the residence of organizer Sam Barthel for dinner and dwell music.
The Barthels hosted the primary stroll in 2015 and raised $880 for the Worldwide OCD Basis. Since then, they’ve continued to prepare the stroll each Could, which is Psychological Well being Consciousness Month.
Barthel mentioned that the stroll is as a lot for the group as it’s for every particular person in attendance. He hopes that by letting them know that there are folks to help them and giving them details about psychological well being, they’re able to attain out into their very own circles.
“We’re doing this stroll for the group, but additionally only for all people who’s right here, and we need to open up the dialog a bit extra as a result of there are demons that folks cope with silently typically,” he mentioned.